Thank God Dogs Can’t Play the Banjo

Tad’s Facebook Posts May 28 – June 3

3 June 2013

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Have an urge to post some comic book covers every now and then. Here’s the work of the wonderful Lou Fine. The character — the Red Bee! One of the weirdest heroes ever. He had a pet bee named Michael in his belt buckle, iirc. Not exactly America’s Favorite. But I love this cover more than life itself.

Been seeing Patrick Stewart on FB a lot today, which is good, because I really like Patrick Stewart. But it got me thinking. Everybody would probably agree that Ian McKellen has the best geek daily-double, Magneto and Gandalf, but what if you extend it to three roles? Stewart, after all, can boast not just Picard and Professor Xavier, but also Sejanus, one of the best villains in “I, Claudius”, a favorite among many of my generation of geekery.

Harrison Ford has to be considered the man to beat, though, since he has played three uncontested geek atom bombs, Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Rick Deckard from Blade Runner.

Who else has an excellent geek icon pedigree? Sean Bean has Ned Stark, Boromir, and Sharpe, off the top of my head. Liam Neeson’s got a few. Hell, Michael Gambon was the Singing Detective -and- Dumbledore. And of the younger actors, with Depp you’d have to decide what his best three are, but Downey’s hard to beat as Tony Stark, Sherlock Holmes, and his uber-cult-geek turn in A Scanner Darkly, although it’s a character no one except serious PKDick fans would recognize by name.

Russell Crowe’s put together a pretty good list, too.

Now I’m starting to think about female actors. Helen Mirren? Played Prospero and the Queen of England and Jane Tennison. Cate Blanchett? Elizabeth the First and Galadriel. Pretty damn iconic.

Okay, now I’m going to have to stop, because I just keep thinking of more.


Okay, I don’t usually pass memes like this around, but full credit for memetic circle-joking. Damn you, autocorrect!

2 June 2013

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I would totally agree to believe in Intelligent Design if someone would just give me the money and resources to do one of my own.

1 June 2013

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This Ganesha is dedicated to my friend Shivam Bhatt, who has had a week of amazing news. Congrats, dude!

It’s always difficult when people compare me unfavorably with other contemporary writers. It’s much easier when they use examples from earlier eras of fiction. Because then I can say, “Well, I may not be talented, but at least I’m not DEAD.”


The photo’s cool, but you need to watch this video. If I was rich, I would so totally build something like this in my yard.

A replica of The Sultan’s Elephant now known as Le Grand Elephant in Nantes France!

Thank God dogs can’t play the banjo.

The owner recieved noise complaints from the neighbours, so they set up a nanny cam. This is what they saw.

facebook video

31 May 2013

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Facebook Namecheck Time: Deb and I had a lovely evening on the Tiki Patio at buddy Teresa Marovich’s house. Hung with longtime chums Boris Zubov and Kerry Loewen and Kerry’s spouse Amber (and checked in by phone with Annamarie Holland Daniels and spouse Todd.) Good times had and also remembered, with many reminiscences of very, very bad behavior in youthful days. I’m so very, very glad I don’t have me for a kid.

30 May 2013

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Just a heads-up. I get tons of requests to connect on LinkedIn, mostly from people I already know and like. I suspect these are auto-solicits, but just in case they’re not, I’m NOT on LinkedIn and I have no plan to be, so these just show up in my inbox and get (regreatfully) ignored. If you want to be in touch with me and Facebook friendage isn’t enough for some reason, pm me and I’ll give you my email. LinkedIn is a non-starter with me.

29 May 2013

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Courtesy of super chum dude Rick Cuevas. Nice one.

Had a sudden urge to hear this. Thought I’d share the Modulation.

The Jam The Modern World

28 May 2013

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Earliest I’ve finished my writing in a long time. Now I’ll have to think of something to do. Too bad there’s nothing except a thousand other things to take care of. Someday I’d like to be bored.

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